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Starting up old No. 5 at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association in Kent last weekend. Photo by Lans Christensen

Spring: A time to huff and puff

KENT — A perfect spring weekend was in place for the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association’s (CAMA) 17th annual Power-Up exposition.

COVID-19 canceled last year’s event, so both visitors and exhibitors were delighted to be back on CAMA grounds and enjoying the impressive collection of antique machines on April 30 and May 1.


Marge Smith, curator at the Kent Historical Society, inspected a large beaver pelt on a stretcher  at Seven Hearths as KHS trustees Roger Gonzales, left, and Jeffrey Morgan look on. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

History sleuths find fur-trading post

KENT — A recently uncovered pelt room at Seven Hearths, an imposing, pre-Revolutionary house that served as a fur-trading post and general store centuries ago when Kent was a vast wilderness, is now the recipient of a prestigious state preservation award.


Kent Land Trust Land Manager Clark Gifford transformed a rolled hay bale into  a roadside attraction he dubbed “Johnny Bee Good” in support of Kent’s  Pollinator Pathway Project. Photo by Lans Christensen

Mowing less, to benefit flora & pollinators

KENT — Close mowing and pesticide spraying may be a thing of the past in some areas of Kent: The Board of Selectmen encouraged a Pollinator Pathway Partnership program at their regular meeting on March 17.


Photo by Lans Christensen

It’s not over (yet)

Photographer Lans Christensen optimistically titled some photos “Last snow of the year …maybe” when he sent them to us on Thursday, March 10. They showed farm and forest scenes from Kent, including the one above. Of course, new snow fell on Saturday, March 12, just as the Thursday snow was beginning to melt.

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